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little draining hole at the back of my fridge is blocked..

(26 Posts)
Irishchic Tue 02-Nov-10 21:41:02

...and the water is now continually leaking down into one of the veg compartments unless I soak it up every day with a tea towel.

Does anyone know how to unblock these holes?

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:03

Get a skewer and poke it in there, should remove any gunk.

whomovedmychocolate Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:16

Chop stick is traditional - or a pipe cleaner. Do you have small children with a craft box you could raid?

blueberryboybait Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:22

I used an old syringe, stuck it down the hole slightly and sucked out the goo - it was thick, slimey and gross!

KatyMac Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:27

pipe cleaner?

hillyhilly Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:37

Mine came with a tool to unblock it with, basically a plastic thing that looked a bit like a large needle threader.
Try poking it with a kebab stick or even a cotton bud

overmydeadbody Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:42

You should have a little mimi plunger for these sorts of emergencies.

Prolesworth Tue 02-Nov-10 21:42:56

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Jellykat Tue 02-Nov-10 21:56:24

I use a fat pipecleaner

marriednotdead Tue 02-Nov-10 22:51:38

Have the proper thing that came with it but a cable tie is just as good.

Or even a couple of those ties (that come with freezer bags) twisted together.

Improvisation is clearly rife on here grin

Honeydragon Tue 02-Nov-10 22:53:49

I use a bent skewer

Irishchic Tue 02-Nov-10 22:54:09

Thanks for all those suggestions, I will try them out!

trumpton Tue 02-Nov-10 23:07:08

Bendy straw and blow into it. (Just in case you were tempted to suck ! bleuch. grin)

Irishchic Tue 02-Nov-10 23:24:25

Trumpton - would that not just push the gunk further in to the hole??

SGertie Tue 02-Nov-10 23:26:50

Another vote here for the bendy straw. However I don't blow or suck (ooer missus), I just wriggle it about a bit.

GuyFawkesIsMyLoveSlave Tue 02-Nov-10 23:29:28

Cotton bud, IME.

trumpton Wed 03-Nov-10 08:21:45

Nah it blows it straight through into the evaporation tray.

<disclaimer...well it does on my fridge.>

QuintessentialShadows Wed 03-Nov-10 08:24:14

one two three, STRAW and


... SUCK!


Dont poke and push what ever is in there further IN!

Jellykat Wed 03-Nov-10 09:35:14

Aaah, but if you use a pipe cleaner the guckky fridge slime sticks to the hairs.

Note to self- I must get a life!..

GuyFawkesIsMyLoveSlave Wed 03-Nov-10 11:15:25

And similarly with the cotton bud. It's very satisfying, in a slightly disturbed sort of way...

Furball Wed 03-Nov-10 11:36:44

I've just sucked mine out with wet/dry hoover

marriednotdead Wed 03-Nov-10 13:33:35

I have Furball envy grin

starrychime Wed 03-Nov-10 18:53:03

Read this with interest - I always thought the hole went right down to the bottom of the fridge - is it just a short passage to the outside then? Mine is yucky and black as well but didn't want to poke about in case all the gunk got stuck halfway down.

iwasyoungonce Wed 03-Nov-10 18:57:30

I used one of DD's thin paintbrushes.

lynne4p Sun 28-May-17 09:03:36

Thanks all .....I didn't have a pipe cleaner so I improvised and used an handle from a paper carrier bag. Worked a treat.

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